Neglected, Forgotten, Reborn.
Ten Mile River Watershed Council's Board/Member Meeting.
Minutes of the TMRWC Board of Directors Meeting held on March 23, 2016 at 14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861
Members in Attendance were: Ben Cote, Bob Rolke, Bill Luther, Alissa Cote, Keith Gonsalves, Joyce Chamberlain, Alex Kemp.
Guests in Attendance were: Andrew Silvia (City of Pawtucket), Lori Lucas (RICKA).
Ben called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM and welcomed guests in attendance.
Keith made a motion to approve the January minutes, it was 2nd by Joyce.
In Cindy’s absence, Ben gave a business report. Bob made a motion to approve, it was 2nd by Alissa.
Andrew Silvia from the City of Pawtucket gave a talk about stormwater in Slater Park, creating buffers around the Slater Park Duck Pond, and new parking areas planned for Doreen Tomlinson Field. The Council expressed concern that the parking area might impact wetlands. Ben asked that the Council be kept up to date on these projects, Andrew agreed. The Council thanked him for his time.
Ben reviewed the following past events: Salt Water Fishing Show, Land and Water Summit, and the 10 Mile Greenway Hike with the Providence County Hiking Club. Keith reported that we spent $80.00 for the Salt Water Fishing Show for a new banner and candy.
On behalf of Cindy, Ben reported that 30 membership forms were sent out, with 14 being received back. Ben handed out membership forms to any members willing to recruit. Ben passed around a copy of a sample letter to be sent out to businesses. As some changes and discussion, Ben reported that he will send it out to 20 businesses in the Watershed by the end of the week. The Council agreed.
Keith reported on the possible TMRWC Duck Race. Ideas discussed were possible first, second, and third place prizes. The Council agreed to talk more about this in the future.
Ben reported that the TMRWC are now members of the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance.
Joyce reported on the Greenway Stewards. She stated that she would like to make a flyer about the stewards, the Council agreed to discuss it further. Keith stated that he will be a steward at Hunts Mills, and Ben reported that Don Doucette will be a steward at the Gamino Pond parking area. Ben suggested looking into changing the name from Greenway to River Stewards since the project is branching out. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that there will be a project happening in the Central Pond area. A group is looking for items under ground from the time of a firing range. It is possible that some trees will have to be cut to conduct the work. The Council will be notified of all work, as well as the East Providence Conservation Commission.
Ben reported that the final vernal pool survey of 2016 will be on March 26, at 8:00 AM at Kim Rock.
Keith reported that there will be a fish counting event at Hunts Mills on April 10, at 10:00. Bob suggested holding a small cleanup on the same day. The Council agreed.
Bob reported that the annual Central Pond Cleanup will be April 16, at 9:00 AM. It will be on water and on land. Lori Lucas stated that some members of her group will be attending. Joyce stated that there will be a boy scout troop attending. The Council agreed to offer some type of refreshments for volunteers, TBD by the Hospitality committee before the date.
Bill stated that the Bungay River paddle will be on May 1, at the Holden Street Boat Launch in Attleboro. This will be a TMRWC/RICKA event to help raise awareness for the Wild and Scenic Cause. Bill suggested telling Attleboro officials and the Sun Chronicle. The Council agreed.
Ben reported that the Attleboro Cleanup will be May 21. The Council agreed to take part, possibly working in the Bungay River Conservation Area. Ben stated that he will be in contact with the Conservation Agent. Bill suggested bringing up the Bungay Paddle at that meeting.
Ben reported that the Council received a $400 grant for trails day and that $50 is going to the Stewards. The Council agreed to talk more at the May Meeting.
Ben suggested changing the location of the Summer Solstice Hike to the Turner Boardwalk on the Seekonk/East Providence border since attendance is going down at Seekonk Meadows. Ben stated that the hike was very successful there for several years, but thinks it might be time for a change. The Council agreed to discuss it at the May meeting.
Bob made a motion to adjourn at 8:27 PM, it was 2nd by Keith. Ben shut off the lights and it was dark.
The next meeting will be May 25, at 6:30 PM at 14 Wilton Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02861.
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Joyce will have the letter ready for the March meeting. Cindy suggested supplying business cards to Joyce and the rest of the stewards. The Council agreed to have those printed by March.
Ernie Germani reported that the Providence County Hiking Club will be holding a 10 mile hike along the lower River to explore the possibility of a marked hiking trail from Doreen Tomlinson in Pawtucket to the Seekonk Library. The hike will begin at 8:00 AM. The Council agreed to take part in any future trail development and a few members agreed to take part in the hike.